Strong upper level winds will mix down to the surface today instigating extreme wind throughout Montana. Sustained wind around 30 to 40 mph is likely with isolated gusts reaching 90 mph. As per usual the strongest wind gusts are expected along the northern portions of the Rocky Mountain Front.
The strong wind will drive temperatures through the first half of the day allowing highs to reach the low 50s. An incoming cold front will only enhance the wind this afternoon and help to kick off a few showers.
Rain is mostly likely south of Great Falls more toward the Capitol with some mountain snow in the mix. The wind will dry up most of the moisture as this front tracks through the eastern plains which will limit the rain potential.
Temperatures will fall pretty significantly following the passage of this front which will allow for the 20s overnight. Daytime high temperatures will remain in the low 40s as we near the weekend.
A brief period of rain and snow is possible throughout Central Montana Friday afternoon as a weak cold front drops into the state. At this point the greatest impact appears to be another round of gusty winds.
Forecast models are hinting at a few possible flurries on Sunday and early next week. They are also indicating a possible change in the weather pattern which if it play out as indicated would allow for cooler and more seasonably average weather conditions.